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    Default Lellabelle's Spirit Bear Perfumes

    Basenoter Lellabelle has agreed to share samples of some of her perfumes, branded as Spirit Bear Perfumes, with a few of us who expressed interest in another thread (about oak moss): Purecaramel, Grayspoole, Epapsiou, Zealot Crusader, N. Cal Fragrance Reviewer, and me.

    Spirit Bear Perfumes doesn't get bogged down in IFRA recommendations for limiting oak moss, etc.

    For background, here are 20 vintage perfumes Lellabelle likes, and some family history on how she became so hardcore about perfume.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lellabelle View Post
    Okay, the first 15 were easy. Narrowing down the last 5 was HARD. Here goes:

    ROCHAS
    Femme (parfum)

    DIOR
    Fahrenheit
    Eau Sauvage (EDP)
    Diorling
    Diorama
    Diorella
    Dioressence
    Dior-Dior
    Diorissimo

    CARON
    Nuit de Noel (parfum)
    Farnesiana (parfum)
    Narcisse Noir (parfum)
    En Avion (parfum)
    Tabac Blond (parfum)

    GUERLAIN
    Mitsouko (parfum)

    PATOU
    Joy (EDP)

    PIGUET
    Fracas (parfum)

    CHANEL
    Cuir de Russie

    COTY
    Jungle Gardenia

    LANVIN
    My Sin (parfum)

    Bonus:
    TOM FORD PRIVATE BLEND
    Velvet Gardenia (okay, so 2007 hardly qualifies as vintage, but with my time machine I’d make a quick stop off to pick up a 250ml flacon of this). I have a time machine and I smell ah-mazing. Try and stop me

    Honourable mentions:
    1000 (parfum)
    Vent Vert
    Givenchy III
    Rumeur
    Scandal (parfum)
    Bois des Iles
    Bandit
    Cabochard
    Coty Chypre
    Eau Arpege
    Habanita
    Muscs Koublai Khan (does 1998 count?)
    Quote Originally Posted by Lellabelle View Post
    Vintage was my first love. My mother and grandmother were both perfumistas, and I was lucky to grow up with many of the greats. I thought all perfume smelled this good, and it was quite the disappointment to see the way so many of these were discontinued or reformulated beyond all recognition. With the way the industry trended, I took a break entirely for some years. Niche was a way back to something I loved, albeit with a different expression.

    Sadly, those days of glorious, unrestricted and readily available, materials are gone. And with the prices that are being asked for some of these, I’m resigned to the fact I’m unlikely to own many of these again.
    With posting like that, I am salivating to try some Spirit Bear Perfumes, and interested in more discussion on vintage perfumes, the styling of older perfumes, the ingredients used in them, and how a modern enthusiast fares at creating fragrances in this style. Above all, this thread is a vintage fragrance geek fest.

    Here's another tasty Lellabelle post, on these samples:

    Quote Originally Posted by Lellabelle View Post
    A reminder, though I’m sure it’s not needed, that these are absolutely not IFRA compliant, and contain generous amounts of oakmoss, citruses, etc. All natural, and if there’s anything you’re concerned might be problematic for you, let me know and I’ll confirm concentrations etc.

    I haven’t included note breakdowns, as I thought it might be fun to explore together.
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    Hello all-

    It is very exciting to have the opportunity to sniff these unique compositions. Lellabele, thanks for sharing your work with us, and what a great thread intro Bavard...
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    Funny thing is, the natural stuff sits better with my recent asthma flare up than the synthetics, which send me reaching for the inhaler. I do like some of them, but it's literally breathing through a straw if over-applied. These non-IFRA perfumes should be fine.
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    I had a Great Pleasure, today, in meeting, Lellabelle, Our Perfumer is, a very beautiful, Young Woman, Old soul. She possesses,remarkable grey eyes, of which, together with an understated humour and intelligence, had me disarmed, instantly. She professes Cardinal scents as both Rochas Femme and Miss Dior.
    I was offered a nose to some precious samples of Ambergris, Civet and Castoreum. All presented as examples of the qualities most admired in perfumery. The tinctured Castoreum was strong with Leather, as animalic, rather dry vs sweet in flavour, yet dimensional in volume. Lellabelle indicated that she, as a woman, is,unusually and enormously drawn to this most Masculine of notes.
    We spent a good deal of time discussing the qualities of different Jasmines and the hints to distinguish Gardenia Jasminoides. She was able to surprise with some insight to the identification of Osmanthus.
    Her curiousity and sense of Play, is infectious.
    I was sent away, leaving an elegant sillage of Rose, Moss, Frankincense and Animalic. I am Medici. That is one of your samples and I will leave you to determine which one.
    A generous sample Chypre, raw, heavily dosed with Moss and Vetiver is lulling me to sleep this Evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    I had a Great Pleasure, today, in meeting, Lellabelle, Our Perfumer
    Nice! The smelling notes sound promising. Lellabelle did mention in the oak moss thread that she had landed some good ingredients to work with.

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    The pleasure was all mine! A lovely afternoon indeed

    I don’t think we made it through even a fraction of what we planned to smell, but intelligent conversation and good company are a great partner for scented explorations, and it was time well spent. Camel is too kind, and was extremely generous in sharing samples from his wonderful collection. I am enjoying testing a couple today.

    I’m still smiling at how surprisingly lovely that unnamed floral was on you, Camel.
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    The eagle has landed. Many thanks to Lellabelle.
    I received Chypre, Celtic Moss, Beekeeper's Daughter, Amore, and CC(??)

    I'm going to do a live sampling and start with Chypre. Also decided to do Celtic Moss.
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    Chypre (01/05)

    At first sniff Chypre smells like very much like Rogue Perfumery Chypre-Siam. I can smell oak moss immediately on application. Unlike Rogue it's not quite as oriental feel, it's a bit darker. So far I like it. I'll see how it develops on my skin. After a while It does tend to stay closer to the skin. In addition to oak moss, I do detect some amber and vetiver at the base. There's a slight animalic feel to it as well and perhaps a faint note of leather. Very nice stuff.

    I'm unable to find any additional information regarding to the fragrances. Here's a link to an archived page of the expired spiritperfumes.com

    https://web.archive.org/web/20180826...rperfumes.com/
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    Celtic Moss (02/05)

    Another live sampling on the other arm: Very potent at the opening, a bit pungent in a good way of course. I smell resins and fresh tree sap. As it settles I do get some of the mossy accord along with a bit of earthy vetiver. I'm picking up on some cypress as well. This reminds me of being in the wilderness with lots trees in a very damp and dewy environment. This is the same imagery that I get from Rogue Perfumery Mousse Illuminee except not as bold an intrusive. I like this one as well, I'll see how it develops on my skin. It's too bad I no longer have a sample of MI. It would be great to do a comparison of both scents side to side.
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    CC comes to me as a Woody Chypre. What say you?

    The perfumer has indicated that this scent has been offered as demonstration of evolution. I am observing the scent with that in mind.
    It's "Rawness" is, by the word's of Lellabell, expected to soften and allow release and reveal of the voices of it's ingredient.
    Already I have picked up whispers of Animalic with a billow of fruit sugaredJasmine-like floral. A rounding of the raw corners of the apparent ,Moss and Wood.
    I do have to qualify that I am advantaged in meeting our Perfumer in person, however, I encourage you to read the philosophy of Abdesalaam Attars and Lellabelles observations appearance on the Abdesalaam site.

    Kafkaesque offers some insight to this Philosphy concurrent.

    Ask the Perfumer of the Symbolism in the names of her scents, as this will reveal Intent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    I had a Great Pleasure, today, in meeting, Lellabelle, Our Perfumer is, a very beautiful, Young Woman, Old soul. She possesses,remarkable grey eyes, of which, together with an understated humour and intelligence, had me disarmed, instantly. She professes Cardinal scents as both Rochas Femme and Miss Dior.
    I was offered a nose to some precious samples of Ambergris, Civet and Castoreum. All presented as examples of the qualities most admired in perfumery. The tinctured Castoreum was strong with Leather, as animalic, rather dry vs sweet in flavour, yet dimensional in volume. Lellabelle indicated that she, as a woman, is,unusually and enormously drawn to this most Masculine of notes.
    We spent a good deal of time discussing the qualities of different Jasmines and the hints to distinguish Gardenia Jasminoides. She was able to surprise with some insight to the identification of Osmanthus.
    Her curiousity and sense of Play, is infectious.
    I was sent away, leaving an elegant sillage of Rose, Moss, Frankincense and Animalic. I am Medici. That is one of your samples and I will leave you to determine which one.
    A generous sample Chypre, raw, heavily dosed with Moss and Vetiver is lulling me to sleep this Evening.

    Camel

    ps. Her Avatar is so very close to a picture of her face and smile.
    Oh boy. You guys had a lot of fun. So jealous

    Oh and I got my samples yesterday. I am a bit under the weather so will try when nose is back to normal.
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    Amore (03/05)

    Another live sampling. Bright and spicy opening. There may be a hint of bergamot to provide that temporarily brightness. After a moment I begin notice an herbal resinous like feel to the scent. I'll let it sit on my skin for a little while to see how it develops.
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    Is there some reason I'm missing that this thread is in the Vintage Forum?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Is there some reason I'm missing that this thread is in the Vintage Forum?
    That's certainly a good question to ask as I do wonder about that as well. Maybe because these fragrances take a Non-IFRA approach but that's not a good excuse.
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    C&C (04/05)

    Is this Civet & Castoreum? Sampling it right now and it's very polarizing. I'm greeted by a strong animalic opening. Aside from the castoreum I can pick up some musk and perhaps a little bit of ambergris. I'm not enjoying this one at all but I'll brave it out and see what transpires. After a little time has passed, It's settling down a little bit but it's still quite pungent. I get whiffs of a fecal like smell if I sniff closely... it doesn't smell good at all. Aside from the fecal smell, I do get a leather note as well.
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    Beekeeper's Daughter (05/05)

    While I'm letting Amore and C&C develop, I'm going to try out the final sample. I'm instantly reminded of Aftelier Perfumer Amber Tapestry from ClaireV's sample pass a couple of years ago. Very natural smelling as with all of Mandy's scents as I recalled, the same applies with Leila's fragrances as well. I get a prominent floral accord which I believe is jasmine at the opening of Beekeeper's daughter. It's not too dirty or skanky like but instead rather earthy. There's hint of fruit at the opening, it comes off as citrus to my nose but that goes away rather quickly. I'm beginning to pick up some resin like amber coming into the forefront of the scent. I'll see how that develops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cook.bot View Post
    Is there some reason I'm missing that this thread is in the Vintage Forum?
    Quote Originally Posted by N.CAL Fragrance Reviewer View Post
    That's certainly a good question to ask as I do wonder about that as well. Maybe because these fragrances take a Non-IFRA approach but that's not a good excuse.
    I think the thread is here because the idea for the sample pass emerged in the discussion of "Oakmoss in vintage perfumes" in this thread:

    http://www.basenotes.net/threads/467...g-deep-vintage

    ...along with, as N.CAL has observed, Lellabelle's preference for vintage-style compositions (see post #23 in the oakmoss discussion).
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    CC comes to me as a Woody Chypre. What say you?
    In my sampling, CC starts with a sharp citrus-forward accord that reminds me of Tuscany and/or Etat Libre d'Orange Je Suis Un Homme.

    It smells vintage-y to me.

    The opening is similar to Tuscany, but it feels like it's going to go in a different direction than Tuscany does.

    There's something like a hint of citronella, which is already different.

    The opening citrus works great. The citronella-type note takes it away from my comfort zone, but I'm still liking it, even if it's starting to smell like someone else's perfume (I don't identify with citronella).

    It feels like it's trying to establish a powdery mid. I like where it's going.

    It has ended up reminding me most of Je Suis Un Homme. It didn't get very powdery. It's a classic gentlemanly herbal fragrance. Four stars out of five through the mid. The base trended more modern, or at least rougher, for me - maybe 3.5 overall.

    How might this work with a massive dose of patchouli?
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    cc comes to me as a woody chypre. What say you?

    The perfumer has indicated that this scent has been offered as demonstration of evolution. I am observing the scent with that in mind.
    It's "rawness" is, by the word's of lellabell, expected to soften and allow release and reveal of the voices of it's ingredient.
    Already i have picked up whispers of animalic with a billow of fruit sugaredjasmine-like floral. A rounding of the raw corners of the apparent ,moss and wood.
    I do have to qualify that i am advantaged in meeting our perfumer in person, however, i encourage you to read the philosophy of abdesalaam attars and lellabelles observations appearance on the abdesalaam site.

    Kafkaesque offers some insight to this philosphy concurrent.

    Ask the perfumer of the symbolism in the names of her scents, as this will reveal intent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    The perfumer has indicated that this scent (CC) has been offered as demonstration of evolution. I am observing the scent with that in mind.
    It's "Rawness" is, by the word's of Lellabelle, expected to soften and allow release and reveal of the voices of it's ingredient.
    Already I have picked up whispers of Animalic with a billow of fruit sugaredJasmine-like floral. A rounding of the raw corners of the apparent ,Moss and Wood.
    I do have to qualify that I am advantaged in meeting our Perfumer in person, however, I encourage you to read the philosophy of Abdesalaam Attars and Lellabelles observations appearance on the Abdesalaam site.

    Kafkaesque offers some insight to this Philosphy concurrent.

    Ask the Perfumer of the Symbolism in the names of her scents, as this will reveal Intent.
    The powder, which can come and go, has me interested. I think that's part of the softening you discussed.

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    I'm trying Amore. It's like a warmish cup of tea with a dash of milk. It seems related to the first one I tried, CC, maybe with the same citronella (or something in that vein). Some patchouli notes come across as black tea smells to me, and I'm guessing that's the case here.

    This smells more accomplished, or finished, than CC. It's not my typically preferred style, but I find something addictive in it.

    This might work for Chanel No. 22 fans. I think I'm getting a similar frankincense, which was contributing to what smelled like a cup of tea in the opening. It's softer than Piguet's Casbah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purecaramel View Post
    bump.
    Once the harshness of the animalic opening subsides in C&C, I could pick up some mossy notes in the base but getting to that point took a while. Leather, some cedar, oak moss, and musk at the base. The dry down is a bit nicer but that's not enough to change my view of C&C. Strong castoreum and civet based scents just aren't for me.
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    My overall preference would be:

    1 Chypre
    2 Celtic Moss
    3 Beekeeper's Daughter
    4 Amore
    5 C&C

    Thanks to Lellabelle for sharing these fragrances, this was a wonderful pass.
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    Lellabelle’s Spirit Bear samples arrived earlier this week, nicely packaged with attractive cards. Here’s a photo...

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    It’s been a busy week so I’ve been waiting until I was able to give a sample my full attention. I decided to try Chypre first (no surprise there). I tested one dab and compared it to some other scents. Then I applied a few sprays yesterday at the start of the workday. The scent was still faintly present 8 hours later, and I reapplied so I could enjoy it in the evening.

    All I can say is that this is a beautifully made chypre. It feels minimalist, with no extraneous additions. The hesperidic opening is soft, a little tart, but not overly pungent. There is a definite presence of oakmoss that wreaths in and out. Gradually, the natural smelling labdanum base moves to the foreground and takes center stage. I thought that there might be a touch of castoreum adding some additional funkiness to the base, but it was not overt. If Lellabelle wanted to market this, I’d buy it.

    In comparison testing, SB’s Chypre was reminiscent of vintage Coty Chypre (in the form of the 1940-50’s EDT that I own). Vintage Coty Chypre has more floral notes and is a more ornate composition overall, with the chypre angles softened by orris and heliotrope, which I don’t perceive in the SB Chypre. Vintage Coty Chypre also lacks the vivid labdanum base of the SB Chypre, and dries down to oakmoss, ambergris, and musk. I don’t have any Rogue Chypre Siam on hand to do a direct comparison but if memory serves, there is also relationship, but I think Chypre Siam had a much stronger bergamot/lime opening than the SB Chypre and a warmer, muskier drydown, but with a similar, significant presence of labdanum.

    It is so encouraging to test new chypres made of old school ingredients and see that beautiful compositions are still possible. Lellabelle, thanks again for sharing your artistry with us. I’m looking forward to the other samples!
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    Thank you Greyspoole, Bavard and N.Cal for sharing your experiences so far (and to N.Cal for persevering!). I’m following the thread with interest, though I won’t chime in until everyone’s had a chance to sample. I don’t want to steer anyone’s perceptions. Looking forward to discussing notes, highs and lows with you all. Again, I’m extremely grateful for your insights and feedback!

    I’ll be out of mobile reception for a couple of days, so please excuse me if I’m a little slow to respond.

    We have one late addition to the group: Cestrum has a little package on the way also. I was able to get together just enough for a sampling, and look forward to her thoughts on these.
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    I'm trying sample 3 of 5, Chypre. It's a heavy opening compared to my normal conception of a chypre. This is a heavy chypre like a parfum concentration, and in my head, chypres are more typically edt's.

    With parfums, the openings can be a bit much but it's necessary to set up the whole performance.

    Chypre smells like the first two of these samples I tried, CC and Amore. What I'm smelling as a citronella type note is what I'm now guessing is the oak moss Lellabelle uses.

    Vintage Monsieur de Givenchy has a little of the Spirit Bear house mix - it's not straight oakmoss. The oakmoss is so entangled with this other ingredient, my nose / mind doesn't separate them, and I don't really smell oak moss as I'm used to it.

    Through 3:

    1. CC, from one wearing, reminded me a lot of Je Suis Un Homme, which I like and own. It started to disagree with me slightly in the base (the same thing sometimes happens with Je Suis Un Homme).

    2. Amore reminded me of a softer Piguet Casbah. I liked it.

    3. This Chypre is familiar smelling, but I'm not quite finding its smell-alike in my memories. It has a gentle touch, and gravitas. I'm pretty sure Epapsiou has something like this that I've smelled before, or maybe one of the Avons?

    Amore and Chypre could be addictive. They have such pronounced personalities, I'll need multiple wearings.

    Chypre is an uncompromising chypre, almost leathery. People who like the old Etienne Aigner (later Etienne Aigne No. 1) might like the Spirit Bear Chypre.

    Using a beer analogy, Spirit Bear Chypre is an Imperial IPA of a chypre with 9.6 percent alcohol by volume.

    There is a lot of overlap between Chypre and CC.
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    I'm trying the fourth of the five samples, Celtic Moss, and it has too much menthol (or something similar) for me, at least in the opening. It's bold and interesting, and I think I like the wood note that's buried under the menthol, but menthol is such a specific smell for me that I do not associate with perfume - it's hard to get into this one.

    There was something like this released by MiN New York in the first set of Scent Stories: Old School Bench. It was meant to smell like a re-varnished bench, I think. Is there angelica root in this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by grayspoole View Post

    It’s been a busy week so I’ve been waiting until I was able to give a sample my full attention. I decided to try Chypre first (no surprise there). I tested one dab and compared it to some other scents. Then I applied a few sprays yesterday at the start of the workday. The scent was still faintly present 8 hours later, and I reapplied so I could enjoy it in the evening.

    All I can say is that this is a beautifully made chypre. It feels minimalist, with no extraneous additions. The hesperidic opening is soft, a little tart, but not overly pungent. There is a definite presence of oakmoss that wreaths in and out. Gradually, the natural smelling labdanum base moves to the foreground and takes center stage. I thought that there might be a touch of castoreum adding some additional funkiness to the base, but it was not overt. If Lellabelle wanted to market this, I’d buy it.

    In comparison testing, SB’s Chypre was reminiscent of vintage Coty Chypre (in the form of the 1940-50’s EDT that I own). Vintage Coty Chypre has more floral notes and is a more ornate composition overall, with the chypre angles softened by orris and heliotrope, which I don’t perceive in the SB Chypre. Vintage Coty Chypre also lacks the vivid labdanum base of the SB Chypre, and dries down to oakmoss, ambergris, and musk. I don’t have any Rogue Chypre Siam on hand to do a direct comparison but if memory serves, there is also relationship, but I think Chypre Siam had a much stronger bergamot/lime opening than the SB Chypre and a warmer, muskier drydown, but with a similar, significant presence of labdanum.

    It is so encouraging to test new chypres made of old school ingredients and see that beautiful compositions are still possible. Lellabelle, thanks again for sharing your artistry with us. I’m looking forward to the other samples!
    A very well thought out review. Chypre-Siam had a subtle ambery vanilla base which only enhanced the oak moss. I found that it made the dry down even more addicting to smell. It was also slightly stronger compared to Chypre. Still a very nice chypre scent overall.

    This and Celtic Moss are my favorites. Looking forward to reading your thoughts on Celtic Moss.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lellabelle View Post
    We have one late addition to the group: Cestrum has a little package on the way also. I was able to get together just enough for a sampling, and look forward to her thoughts on these.

    Great to have Cestrum on board, her reviews are always wonderful to read.
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    Saving arguably the best for last: Beekeeper's Daughter. The opening of this makes me smile.

    I love a big floral. This is a lily type, I think. It's the perfect amount of restrained stinky floral. I love the big stinky florals for a day, but this is more likely something I would wear. The honey type flavor builds on that. It's great. Lily and lily honey.

    This one has an animalic pur. I didn't notice animalics, especially, in the others.

    I think this is my favorite of the five. It's quite a bit different from the other four which have more of a common base.

    Amore is my second favorite.

    Chypre is probabaly my third favorite, but I haven't bonded with it like I have with Beekeeper's Daughter and Amore.

    Celtic Moss is haunting. I'll have to wear the whole sample thinking about it.

    CC is the only one that had any kind of an off note, to me, in moments, in the base, as if the powder wanted to bloom, and the whole thing wanted to get even softer (less modern woods), but Je Suis Un Homme has those same moments, so it may take some solving.

    My least favorite is a smell-alike of something I own, so good work, I'd say!

    The oak moss in Spirit Bear Chypre is more like a Gianfranco Ferre for Man (GFF) oak moss (than a Chanel Pour Monsieur/Mitsouko/Sagamore oak moss). I struggle with GFF more than most in my collection, only hitting it off every other wearing, etc.




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